My name is Lewis, I am a multidisciplinary artist based in Paris.
I was about ten years old when I first saw the work on Victor Vasarely. My love for geometric and optical art started that day and never stopped growing. At the age of seventeen, I did a summer program at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), it re-assured my choice to study art. When I got back to Europe, I studied a graphic design bachelor at l’École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (ÉCAL), in Switzerland.
Although I studied graphic design for several years, I have never pictured myself as a graphic designer. I just wanted to learn the tools so I could use them in my own artworks as well as in tattooing today. I had to learn a lot from computers in order to create more complex patterns and geometric shapes than I could do by hand.
After my studies, I moved next to Neuchâtel where I started tattooing for two years. I am now located in Paris, where I opened my private art & tattoo studio, BLACK SYMMETRY.
Ever since I can remember, I have always been interested in creating things and drawing. I have never been good with observational drawing, so I started at an early age to create geometric shapes and patterns on grid paper. When it comes to tattooing, the choice of doing Dotwork came naturally. I already knew I wanted to work with geometry, I simply picked the best technique that would allow me do it onto skin. When it comes to geometry, dots generally age better, and I like the texture the most.
What interests me the most in tattooing is to use the body as a single canvas and work on its entire surface. I like to make each part connect to one another and play with their distortion and movement. Although I sometimes work on smaller pieces, I now mostly focus on creating fully symmetrical geometric bodysuit. The human body being symmetrical itself I find it more natural and I believe this is what enhances its shape the most.
I also believe that by fosusing on larger works, I get to do something that matters for people on a much deeper level. When going through such a process of large coverage, I can really see the person change and evolve over time. Not only physically, which is obvious, but also mentally. This gain of self esteem and self confidence is a great thing to witness and I take great pride in helping people feel better about themselves.
Overall I think it is very interesting to have a canvas that has an opinion and that I can interact with. I really get to learn a lot from each person I work with and the whole process creates a beautiful human experience.
I’ve always worked by myself in a private studio, I find it more quiet and intimate and it helps me focus. Calm, concentration and good music are key components to the experience I want to offer.